Seo Yira, right, of South Korea and Han Tianyu of China crash during their men's 500 meters short track speedskating quarterfinal in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

The Latest: 2 big names ousted in 500-meter quarterfinals

February 22, 2018 - 5:37 am

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on the Pyeongchang Olympics (all times local):

7:35 p.m.

Two big names have been eliminated in the quarterfinals of the men's 500 meters in short-track speedskating at the Pyeongchang Olympics.

Seo Yira of South Korea crashed in his heat, while Liu Shaoang of Hungary was penalized for impeding in his heat.

Wu Dajing set a world and Olympic record of 39.8 seconds in the quarterfinals Thursday to easily advance to the semis. China has never won gold in the sprint race at the Olympics.

In the first heat, Ren Ziwei of China lowered the Olympic record before Wu came along and bettered it.

Also advancing were Liu Shaolin Sandor of Hungary, Hwang Dae-heon of South Korea, Samuel Girard of Canada, Ryosuke Sakazume of Japan, Lim Hyo-jun of South Korea, Daan Breeuwsma of the Netherlands and Abzal Azhgaliyev of Kazakhstan.

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7:20 p.m.

Wu Dajing of China has set a world record in the 500-meter short-track speedskating event to advance to the semifinals at the Pyeongchang Olympics.

Wu shot out of the block Thursday and staved off any challenge of his quarterfinal rival to go for the world record.

He crossed in 39.8 seconds, 0.137 off the record that J.R. Celski of the United States set in Calgary, Canada, six years ago.

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6 p.m.

North Korea's 22 athletes have wrapped up their competition at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics without a finish higher than 13th. And even that was in a field of only 16.

The sentimental highlight of the North's participation in the games was the joint Korea ice hockey team, which featured players from the North and South together for the first time. Although it is ranked below the Olympic qualifying level, South Korea won a berth in the games because it is the host nation. President Moon Jae-in championed the effort to allow 12 North Korean players to join the team.

They lost all of their matches.

The North's 13th-place finishers were pair skaters Ryom Tae Ok and Kim Ju Sik.

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5:25 p.m.

The Canadian women's hockey team wept on the ice as they accepted their silver medals after losing to the Americans at the Pyeongchang Olympics.

One Canadian player, Jocelyne Larocque, took her medal off immediately and held it in her hands as the Americans stood nearby awaiting their gold Thursday.

Larocque says, "It's just so hard." She says, "We wanted gold but didn't get it."

Canadian coach Laura Schuler says, "There's not a lot of words that can describe how you feel. It was a great game of hockey."

The U.S. beat Canada in a shootout to win their first Olympic gold in women's hockey since 1998. Canada had won the last four Olympic gold medals.

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5:15 p.m.

Thousands of South Koreans are calling for two speedskaters to be expelled from the Olympics after they left their slower teammate behind in a race defined by teamwork and walked away as she quietly sobbed. It was one of the most bizarre moments of this year's Winter Games.

The petition to South Korea's presidential office calls for skaters Kim Bo-Reum and Park Ji Woo to be expelled from the Olympics and seeks an investigation into what it describes as "various corruption and irregularities" at the Korea Skating Union, the national skating body.

During the women's team pursuit quarterfinals Monday, Kim and Park skated ahead as teammate Noh Seon-yeong fell behind the pack.

Some South Koreans believe Kim and Park were trying to humiliate Noh because there was nothing to be gained by crossing first.

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5:05 p.m.

Russian curler Alexander Krushelnitsky has been stripped of his Olympic medal after admitting to a doping violation at the Pyeongchang Games.

Krushelnitsky tested positive for the banned substance meldonium after winning bronze in mixed doubles with his wife. Meldonium is believed to help blood circulation

The Court of Arbitration for Sport announced the sanction Thursday, saying Krushelnitsky's results had been disqualified and his credential was withdrawn.

CAS says Krushelnitsky accepted a provisional suspension beyond the games but "reserved his rights to seek the elimination or reduction of any period of ineligibility based on no fault tor negligence."

Russia was banned from the Pyeongchang Olympics over widespread doping at Sochi, but 168 Russians including Krushelnitsky were allowed by the IOC to compete as "Olympic Athletes from Russia" under the Olympic flag.

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4:15 p.m.

The United States has beaten Canada in a shootout to win their first Olympic gold since 1998 in women's hockey.

Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson scored in the first extra round of the first shootout tiebreaker in Olympic women's hockey history on Thursday to give the United States the gold medal with a 3-2 victory.

Maddie Rooney stopped Meghan Agosta on her second try of the shootout to clinch it. Rooney stopped 29 shots in regulation and the 20-minute overtime. Shannon Szabados made 39 saves for Canada, which had won four straight Olympic gold medals.

It was 2-2 after three periods and 2-2 through five shooters in the tie-breaker.

It was the second straight overtime in the gold medal game for these two teams, but the first shootout in Olympic women's hockey history.

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4:05 p.m.

The women's gold medal hockey game between Canada and the United States is headed to a shootout at the Pyeongchang Games.

The score was tied 2-all at the end of regulation and after 20 minutes of overtime Thursday.

Canada is going for its fifth straight Olympic gold medal in women's hockey. The Americans are trying to win their first since 1998.

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3:45 p.m.

Michelle Gisin of Switzerland has won the women's Alpine combined with an aggressive slalom run to edge American Mikaela Shiffrin at the Pyeongchang Olympics.

Lindsey Vonn, the leader after the downhill portion, made a mistake early in the slalom Thursday and didn't finish in what's likely her final Winter Games.

Gisin was nearly flawless in finishing in a combined time of 2 minutes, 20.90 seconds to hold off silver medalist Shiffrin by 0.97 seconds. Wendy Holdener of Switzerland earned the bronze.

Shiffrin adds the silver medal to the gold she won earlier in the games in the giant slalom.

It was very likely the first and only Olympic race between U.S. teammates Vonn and Shiffrin.

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3:20 p.m.

The women's gold medal hockey game between the United States and Canada is heading into overtime at the Pyeongchang Olympics.

The score was tied 2-all at the end of regulation. Twenty minutes of overtime will be added to the game. If it's still tied after that, there will be a shootout.

Canada was up 2-1 until Monique Lamoreux-Morando tied it for the Americans with just over six minutes left Thursday.

Canada is going for its fifth straight Olympic gold medal in women's hockey. The Americans are trying to win their first since 1998.

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3:15 p.m.

It's tied 2-all late in the third period of the women's hockey gold medal game between the United States and Canada at the Pyeongchang Olympics.

Monique Lamoreux-Morando tied it for the Americans with just over six minutes left Thursday.

Canada is going for its fifth straight Olympic gold medal in women's hockey. The Americans are trying to win their first since 1998.

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2:45 p.m.

Canada goaltender Ben Scrivens is day-to-day with a shoulder and collarbone injury, though the general manager is optimistic the veteran is not out of the men's hockey tournament at the Pyeongchang Olympics.

Scrivens was not healthy enough to practice for Canada on Thursday, and GM Sean Burke says he was getting iced down. Scrivens had to leave Canada's 1-0 quarterfinal victory over Finland on Wednesday about four minutes into the second period after colliding with an opposing player.

Former New York Islanders goaltender Kevin Poulin replaced Scrivens and stopped all 15 shots he faced to get Canada into the semifinals, where it faces Germany on Friday.

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2:40 p.m.

Canada is 20 minutes away from winning their fifth consecutive gold medal in Olympic women's hockey.

The Canadians have a 2-1 lead over the United States through two periods of the gold medal match Thursday.

Hilary Knight scored late in the first to give the Americans the lead. But Haley Irwin deflected a shot past U.S. goalie Maddie Rooney two minutes into the second. And then Marie-Philip Poulin gave the four-time defending gold medalists the lead on a pass from Meghan Agosta about five minutes later.

Poulin scored the only two goals in the gold medal game against the U.S. in 2010. In Sochi, she tied the game in the last minute of regulation and then added the game-winner in overtime against the U.S.

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2:35 p.m.

Andre Myhrer of Sweden has won the Olympic men's slalom, taking advantage of big favorites Marcel Hirscher and Henrik Kristoffersen failing to finish the race.

Myhrer watched as first-run leader Kristoffersen skied out early in the second run Thursday.

The 35-year-old Myhrer finished 0.34 seconds ahead of Switzerland's Ramon Zenhaeusern, who took an unexpected silver medal.

Bronze medalist Michael Matt of Austria was 0.67 behind Myhrer's two-run time of 1 minute, 38.99 seconds. Matt's brother Mario won gold four years ago.

Myhrer added gold to his bronze medal in the 2010 Vancouver Olympic slalom.

He is the second 35-year-old man to take Alpine gold here after Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway won the downhill.

Hirscher went out midway through the first run seeking a third gold medal at these Olympics.

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2:25 p.m.

A giant mock medal was ceremoniously thrown into a crowd celebrating a Dutch bronze medal at the Holland Heineken House at the Pyeongchang Olympics, injuring two people.

The medal was thrown Wednesday night after speedskaters Sven Kramer, Jan Blokhuijsen, Patrick Roest and Koen Verweij celebrated their bronze medal in the team pursuit, an event they were heavily favored to win.

Kramer is team leader and issued an apology Thursday, saying he was hoping for a quick recovery for the two injured fans.

Dutch media reported one of the two had to be taken to hospital for a checkup. Another was treated on site.

Holland Heineken House is known for its exuberant celebrations when the Dutch win speedskating medals.

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1:50 p.m.

The Americans lead Canada 1-0 after the first period of the women's gold medal hockey game at the Pyeongchang Olympics.

Hilary Knight redirected a shot from Sidney Morin with 25.4 seconds left in the period as the Americans finally converted their third power-play opportunity.

Until then, the Canadians used their size to control the pace of play to keep U.S. goalie Maddie Rooney very busy. Even when the Americans had the advantage, Canada made it tough for them to even get past the blue line into the offensive zone let alone put shots on goalie Shannon Szabados.

Knight tipped the puck between Szabados' pads for the goal, giving the American women's hockey team a reason to celebrate as they look to end a 20-year gold medal drought in the Olympics.

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1:20 p.m.

The United States is going with Maddie Rooney in goal for the gold medal game in women's hockey at the Pyeongchang Olympics.

The 20-year-old Rooney went 4-0-2 for the Americans during their pre-Olympic exhibition tour, and she was in net for a 2-1 loss to the Canadians to wrap up pool play.

Canada has put Shannon Szabados in net. The veteran was in net in 2014 at Sochi when the Canadians took home their fourth consecutive gold medal.

The Americans are trying to snap a 20-year drought without a gold medal in women's hockey. They last won when the sport debuted in 1998 at Nagano.

The Canadians have won every gold medal since, not dropping even a single Olympic game since 1998.

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1:15 p.m.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport has canceled a doping hearing for Russian curler Alexander Krushelnitsky after he indicated he'd accept a sanction at the Pyeongchang Olympics.

Krushelnitsky tested positive for the banned substance meldonium after winning bronze in mixed doubles with his wife, Anastasia Bryzgalova.

The Russian Curling Federation told Russian state TV that Krushelnitsky would return his medal because he believed he had no chance of winning the case.

CAS says "all parties" agreed to cancel the hearing, which pitted Krushelnitsy against the International Olympic Committee and World Curling Federation. The CAS will issue a decision later Thursday based on written statements.

The case comes two days before the IOC must decide whether to formally reinstate the Russian team for the closing ceremony of the Pyeongchang Olympics.

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This item has been corrected to show that the Court of Arbitration for Sport, not the International Olympic Committee, will issue a decision later Thursday.

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12:45 p.m.

American freestyle skier David Wise has successfully defended his gold medal, breaking through on his final run to give the United States its third gold in the Phoenix Snow Park halfpipe.

Wise wiped out on his first two runs before sneaking past countryman Alex Ferreira on his third with a score of 97.20. Wise landed double corks in all four directions — front left, front right, switch (backward) left and switch right — a goal he set for himself entering these games.

It's the seventh gold for the U.S. in Pyeongchang, five of which have come at Phoenix Snow Park.

Ferreira took silver with 96.40 points, and 16-year-old Nico Porteous from New Zealand got bronze.

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12:35 p.m.

Lindsey Vonn has the lead after the downhill leg of the Olympic Alpine combined, with American teammate Mikaela Shiffrin right in the thick of things.

Vonn finished in a time of 1 minute, 39.37 seconds. Shiffrin is 1.98 seconds behind.

The race switches Thursday afternoon local time to Shiffrin's specialty — the slalom. Both times are combined to determine the winner.

Vonn had the lead after the downhill leg at the 2010 Vancouver Games but didn't finish the slalom.

Ragnhild Mowinckel of Norway had the second-fastest time in the downhill and is 0.74 seconds behind Vonn.

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12:15 p.m.

Mikaela Shiffrin has set up a showdown with American teammate Lindsey Vonn after a solid run in the downhill portion of the Olympic combined.

The downhill is Vonn's specialty, and she blazed through the course with the top time of 1 minute, 39.37 seconds through 17 racers Thursday morning. Shiffrin trails by 1.98 seconds.

Shiffrin's specialty, the slalom, is being held Thursday afternoon. Both times are combined to determine the winner.

Shiffrin is trying to win her third career Olympic gold medal.

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Noon

Lindsey Vonn had the fastest time through 13 racers in the downhill portion of the Olympic women's Alpine combined.

The American led Ragnhild Mowinckel of Norway by 0.74 seconds.

The slalom leg will be held later in the afternoon. That discipline is not Vonn's specialty. Both times are combined to determine the winner.

Mikaela Shiffrin is one of the favorites and will be the 19th racer to take the course.

Before the race, Vonn posted on her Twitter account that she damaged the bottom of her ski the day before during her bronze-medal run in the downhill and had to bring out another pair. She said of the new set: "Hopefully they'll survive and stay fast the whole way down. ???? #thatisskiracing."

They did.

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